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What drugs are safe for pregnant women?

A recent study reveals that one in four pregnant Norwegian women takes medications that are considered risky. Some of the drugs help with pain or nausea, but can have negative side effects on the mother or child.

Forests play important part in cooling down local climate

A new study shows how important forests are in keeping much of the planet’s surface cool.

Are facts about women in war oversimplified?

According to one researcher, oversimplified perceptions of gender roles in war and conflict reproduce gender stereotypes and existing inequalities.

Is it dangerous to eat food grown right by the road?

A reader wonders how pollution affects the food crops that grow along Norwegian roads.

Norwegian vaccine against prostate cancer shows promising results

A vaccine developed in Norway stimulates the immune system to curb prostate cancer and has given results among nearly 90 percent of the participants.

None of the herbal supplements were really as claimed

When scientist conducted DNA analyses of some dietary supplements allegedly containing St. John’s wort they found that none contained what their list of ingredients claimed.

The twins from Tynset and the mystery disease

Everything seemed fine with the twins from Tynset — until they gradually lost their vision and the ability to walk. After 50 years, doctors and scientists have finally solved their medical mystery.

Fishing for blood clots will help more stroke victims

A new procedure to remove blood clots from stroke victims’ brains will now be available to more patients. The method is more efficient and can save more lives than other types of medication. But the decision has been “scandalously slow” in coming, says senior physician and professor.

Cod may be healthier than salmon for overweight men

When researchers looked at the diets of northern Norwegian men over a 13-year period, they found that lean fish was good for both cholesterol and blood pressure levels. But not everyone is sure this is true.

The king of northern lights

The professor whose face is emblazoned on the Norwegian 200-kroner banknote was forgotten for nearly 60 years. Today he is considered one of Norway’s greatest researchers ever.